Top Tips When Looking for a Career
Remember all the people who advised you to find a better work-life balance to be happier? Well, these people were dead wrong because - wait for it - work-life balance does not exist.
What you are implying is that work is not part of our life, which is definitely not the case, since most of us work up to 45 hours per week.
Yet, we can still find balance in our life. Imagine your life as a big pie chart, and work being a big chunk of that chart.
What can you fill the rest of the pie with?
Rest. Play. Adventure. Movement. Stillness.
Yet, 30 to 40 hours can be a lot of hours spent doing something you won’t be proud of for years to come. This is why it’s imperative you find a way to fall in love with your work.
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” — Buddha
So many people nowadays realise that they want more out of their work. This is why today I want to give you a few tips to find the work that really speaks to you.
Define your roadmap
Work out the size and scale of the shift you need. Get to grips with the sources of your discontent.
If your biggest blahs are an incompatible boss or inflexible hours or a cramped workspace, perhaps it’s the job. If you still love your ‘work’ but your job has lost its luster it’s probably time for a side step. Alternatively, if you’re googling qualifications and starting salaries for something entirely new and imaging a radically reinvented you – maybe it’s the career.
When in doubt remember:
- Embrace your interests
- Leverage your skills
- Serve market needs
Where do you even start?
Once you’ve answered the ‘job vs. career change’ question, it’s natural to be inspired and impatient in equal measures.
Like every other transformative thing we do, career change calls for curiosity and courage and a mix of head and heart-driven decisions.
There are millions of mysterious, unexplored careers out there. How are you supposed to know which ones might work for you? Lack of knowledge about what’s possible is one of the biggest early hurdles career changers need to clear.
You can start by spending a month watching and listening for anything that sparked your interest. Map the articles that capture you on social media, and topics that swell stack of bedside reading. Get clear about what you are drawn to in the world, where career change clues might lie.
Ditch your fear of looking foolish and drink tea with heaps of kind, supportive people in jobs and sectors that interest you (even just a tiny bit). Ask people out for a coffee - the worst thing that can happen is people won’t be able to help. This is how you can learn what it takes to be successful, and get deep insights into their day-to-day reality.
If figuring out and following your new path feels like a long slow process, remind yourself that realising any ‘grand design’ takes time and tenacity.
How to fund your career change
How can you hunt down a more fulfilling job without shredding the lifestyle you love or even keep food on the table? As with all fears, it is best to stare this one down.
In fact, ‘running the numbers’ helps you feel competent and in control – two feelings that often desert us temporarily during a career change. Furthermore, few things are as empowering as stuffing your money demons back in their box with a solid plan to fund your career change.
Pin down exactly what you need to cover your basics. Can you save by cutting back on some things straight away? Do you need to stay put and save to fund time off to figure things out or train?
Could you work part-time while you test a business idea or transition into a new area? Could you set up a side project at or outside of work?
Making a change is possible
When looking to make a career change, ask yourself: “What about this new job can I fall in love with?” The more you can fully embrace your new career, the better.
Set the bar HIGH. Aim to love your work, not tolerate it.
Never forget - your first conversation with yourself should be about “life” instead of workplace leadership or productivity.
Why? Simple. A successful career with a miserable life is a terrible outcome.
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